Geisel Award Winner

most distinguished book for beginning readers

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. The award was established in 2004 and first presented in 2006.

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Author: James Yang
2020 Geisel Award - Winner

When a little boy stops to show a building doorman his new "bot," it floats up out of his hands and the kind doorman runs up to each floor of the building to try and catch it, with help from the building's residents.                                                                                                                           

Author: Corey R. Tabor
2019 Geisel Award - Winner

Tigers are the best, or so thinks Fox. With a big imagination (and a little bit of paint), he transforms into a growling, prowling tiger. Soon his friends Turtle and Rabbit are likewise inspired to embody their dreams as a zipping, zooming race car and a beeping, booping robot. Despite their rained-out celebration, Fox learns to appreciate that he, in his own special way, is also the best.  

Author: Laurel Snyder
2018 Geisel Award - Winner

Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.

Author: Mo Willems
2017 Geisel Award - Winner

Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up.

Author: David Adler
2016 Geisel Award - Winner

Mo Jackson is a little boy with a big passion for sports. He may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player, but he won't let that stop him from playing

Author: Anna Kang
2015 Geisel Award - Winner

Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

Author: Greg Pizzoli
2014 Geisel Award - Winner

With perfect comic pacing, Pizzoli introduces a funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Pizzoli's picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives presents a true gem

Author: Ethan Long
2013 Geisel Award - Winner

Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

Author: Josh Schneider
2012 Geisel Award - Winner

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.

Author: Kate DiCamillo
2011 Geisel Award - Winner

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.